As I mentioned in my last post, I loved the way the Topkids 63/3 top came together, but felt that sleeves were in order.
I'd love to learn to draft patterns, but the idea of drafting a sleeve pattern is just way too daunting (or perhaps, just a little time consuming) for me at this point in time. I pulled out the trusty Simplicity 4243, and found to my surprise that in fact the two tops have a very similar cut. I overlaid the two pattern pieces to redraft the sleeve shape of my Topkids pattern, and was then able to use the Simplicity View E sleeve. I also shortened the pattern by 14cm whilst I was at it. All in all it was a pretty simple process once I remembered that the Simplicity pattern uses a mixture of seam allowances. Not at all like my previous experience of trying to merge two patterns together for myself!
I'm really happy with the result, and am already planning another from my stash. I think I'll round the back neckline this time too (I might just use the back pattern piece from the Simplicity pattern).